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Michael D. Gordin is an associate professor of the history of science at Princeton University. He is the author of Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War.
Michael D. Gordin
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICEOn August 29, 1949, the first Soviet test bomb, dubbed "First Lightning," exploded in the deserts of Kazakhstan. This surprising...
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